During training camp, some wondered whether wide receiver Adam Thielen would make the Minnesota Vikings’ roster considering they selected a receiver in the first round and had more proven wideouts in the group. Not only did he stick, but Thielen became the 1B option along with with 1A Stefon Diggs in the Vikings’ passing attack.
Thielen, who is a Restricted Free Agent, says he is looking to stick in Minnesota for the long haul, but also understands that he earned a significant raise.
“Being able to put the film out there that I did and prove that I can be a starter in this league, it’s put me in a good situation,” Thielen said at Winterfest on Friday. “Now I’m just hoping that things can work out and I can be respected in that type of way because I feel like I proved it and hopefully I can stay here long term and be respected with the way they handle me.”
Quarterback Sam Bradford and Thielen found chemistry this season as the undrafted receiver from Mankato caught 69 passes for 967 yards and five touchdowns. He was also rated in the top 20 receivers by Pro Football Focus.
Other teams will be able to submit offer sheets for Thielen, though the Vikings will likely tender him an offer, which means that the Vikings can match any offer and any opponent who wants to sign Thielen would have to give draft pick compensation to do so.
“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Thielen said. “It’s a pretty complex deal but for me, I’m just leaving it to my agent and let me just go work and focus on training and be the best football player I can.”
Thielen’s agent Blake Baratz joined 1500ESPN’s Purple Podcast. He said that he expects other teams to call about the possibility of an offer sheet.